Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee: Permanence in Changing Times Play

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee: Permanence in Changing Times

Weathering the end of century storms.

EVERY TRIBE, every coherent community that has endured has put together its own historical narrative, a collective story that tells of the exploits that bound it together and offers people at every level a mirror into which they can peer and see some acceptable version of what they believe they are or aspire to be. […]

Shale Gas: not a revolution Play

Shale Gas: not a revolution

In Gazprom’s view: just an additional possibility

A revolution in the gas sector? Once again, this much abused word – “revolution” – has recently been heard in the community of oilmen, and some of the many commentators who write about energy in the media, have spoken of “market disrupion” . And from several sides it has been pointed out – as a […]

Did the US really occupy Iraq ?

Did the US really occupy Iraq ?

The West never got the numbers

EJ – Looking at the international scene from both an American and a European viewpoint, the main reason of unease is clearly Iraq, and the main cause of preoccupation is obviously Iran. Today, the dissent of Europe on the first of these two crises is no longer stressed, and barely mentioned in diplomatic circles, but […]

On the Shoulders of Giants

On the Shoulders of Giants

Crisis as a strategic weapon

Even the most convinced supporters of the European idea seem to have doubts these days: doubts about the outcome of the present crisis, and – in retrospect – even about former Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s hitherto universally recognised capacity to think further ahead than any of his contemporaries. Very appropriately in a moment when, faced with […]

Art cities & global tourism

Art cities & global tourism

The cost of mass society

A mixed feeling, something in between physical fear and aristocratic despice is inevitable, when one lives in fragile Venice and a menacing brutal monster enters the Canal Grande, offering the narrow strees and the delicate mosaics that pave its churches and palaces to the newly enriched masses of global tourism.

Justice, the English way

Justice, the English way

The August riots in the Courts

The Law of England provides a precise definition of the criminal offence know as “rioting”: i.e. taking part in a riot. But for the non-legal observer a useful working definition of ‘riot’ might be ‘an out of control mob intent on violence against persons or property’. Some observers have referred to a ‘feral mob’ and […]

The legacy of William the Bastard

The legacy of William the Bastard

Little seems to have changed since his time. Some two thirds of the British landmass remains in the hands of around 0.3% of the population that includes the Crown, various aristocrats and the Church of England. The social hierarchy is alive and well. And the psyche of the British masses remains deeply marinated in class consciousness, social distinctions and instinctive deference.

  As a spectacle of pomp and circumstance the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton must surely have fulfilled every TV mogul’s wildest dreams. Hollywood could never compete. The setting was Westminster Abbey, founded by King Edward the Confessor in 1045 and the traditional place of coronation and burial for royalty down the ages. […]

La Fuga dei Cervelli Play

La Fuga dei Cervelli

Lorem Ipsum è un testo segnaposto utilizzato nel settore della tipografia e della stampa. Lorem Ipsum è considerato il testo segnaposto standard sin dal sedicesimo secolo, quando un anonimo tipografo prese una cassetta di caratteri e li assemblò per preparare un testo campione. È sopravvissuto non solo a più di cinque secoli, ma anche al […]

La storia e il presente

La storia e il presente

A sessant'anni dal maggio 1952

Per aver ricordato l’europeismo di De Gasperi in contrapposizione agli entusiasmi mediterranei di Fanfani sono stato accusato, in un recente ed importante incontro italo-russo, di conoscere troppo a fondo la storia del mio paese. E anche se non mi pare un’accusa veramente infamante, ho dovuto ammettere che – di fronte all’ignoranza beota in cui la […]

We Are All in this Together or Are We?

We Are All in this Together or Are We?

The new transatlantic row over the rendition of terrorist suspects offers profound cause for public reflection even if, as appears, some European governments would prefer to gloss 2006 over its greyer areas. Immediately before the departure of Condoleeza Rice on her European visit in December the US administration declared the US line would be “we […]